At this point of a tough season the Brewers deserved a good post-game laugh.

When it was mentioned to manager Ron Roenicke that rookie Scooter Gennett carried his offense Tuesday night with a pair of homers the skipper said "We can't get him thinking he's a home-run hitter."

It was in that spirit that the Brewers used an excellent starting performance from Marco Estrada and the long ball to assure themselves of a winning road trip.

They beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 to go 5-3 on a nine-game trip that ends Wednesday night at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington

What has become a really good road trip was represented by everything that went right for a change against the hottest team in baseball in a game that was delayed 42 minutes by a cooling rainstorm in steamy Texas.

Estrada in his second start since coming off a lengthy stint on the disabled list gave up just one run in six innings before running out of gas. The only damage done by the Rangers was a laser-beam homer by Mitch Moreland in the third inning.

"To a different hitter that might have been a good pitch" said Estrada.

In trying to decide whom to place in the designated-hitter role in the American League park Roenicke went with rookie Khris Davis who also homered.

Except for when Michael Gonzalez loaded the bases in the eighth inning a bullpen that has been lights out all season was again outstanding as closer Jim Henderson completed his second four-out save of the trip.

And for once a base-running adventure went in favor of the Brewers even when it had disaster written all over it.

In the eighth inning shortstop Jean Segura was caught leaning at third when Jeff Bianchi took on a bunt attempt. Segura got caught in a rundown but got himself out of self-created trouble with hustle. As a rewarded he was awarded the rare steal of home.